5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA (Xinhua): A 5.3-magnitude earthquake, with its epicenter located on land, rocked off Indonesia's eastern Papua province on Tuesday, the country's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said.

The quake jolt at 15:31 Jakarta time (0831 GMT). Its epicenter was situated 29 km northeast of Memberamo Raya regency with a depth of 10 km, the agency reported.

No tsunami warning was issued by the agency as the tremors would not trigger giant waves.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its position on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called the Pacific Ring of Fire.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Nov 21, last year, killed at least 331 people and injured nearly 600 in West Java’s Cianjur city. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since a 2018 quake and tsunami in Sulawesi killed about 4,340 people.

In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean quake set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia’s Aceh province. - Xinhua

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